Jun 14 2016
The peregrine chick at the Cathedral of Learning has still not fledged as of yesterday evening. She prefers to sleep during the hottest part of the day so we sit and wait for nothing at midday Fledge Watch. Notice her in the yellow circle above, sleeping on the roof of the nestbox.
I suspect this is a difference in parenting styles. Dori and Louie (Downtown) fed their young a little less as they approached fledge date so the “kids” associated fledging with food. C1’s parents feed her so well that she has little incentive to leave. Some of you said she’s a spoiled only child. Perhaps so. She’ll fly some day but I can’t predict when.
The official Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch is changing and tapering off. Today, June 14, John English (Pittsburgh Falconuts) will be at Schenley Plaza from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Peter Bell (@PittPeregrines) will visit when the chick is off camera (i.e. ledge walking or flying). I’ll stop by today from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
You’re welcome to visit the watch at any time to see the peregrines on your own.
p.s. No need to worry that C1 will land on the ground in her first 24 hours of flight. She has 400 feet of headroom and many comfortable landing sites on the Cathedral of Learning at 380, 320, 250 and 150 feet. (The Downtown chicks started only 120 feet up with landing zones at 60, 20 and 10 feet high. No wonder they reached the ground!)
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)